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What do you think about Holocaust survivors living forever through hologram technology?

Asked by JLeslie (58949points) 1 month ago from iPhone

Last night I saw a story on 60 Minutes about a company that makes holograms of Holocaust survivors. You can ask the holograms questions about their experience and it’s like interacting with the person.

Here’s the CBS video if you didn’t get to see it. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/holocaust-stories-artificial-intelligence-60-minutes-2020-04-05/

Would you be interested in talking to the hologram?

What questions would you ask the survivors?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

No, I wouldn’t be interested in talking to the holograms. I talked to my grandparents z”“l when they were alive, and that was enough.

There’s nothing wrong with this approach as an educational tool. We have holocaust books, movies, prayers, etc., already, and have had for 75 years. This is just another means of saving the memories in hopes that people learn from them.

kritiper's avatar

What does it matter except to those who are living at that moment? The persons in the holograms have no recollections of what is taking place. Any contrived answers from those folks would be computer constructs.

johnpowell's avatar

I am livid..

Or not. But there are tons of books written by Holocaust survivors. I think the books would actually provide a more immersive experience. I had to read Night by Elie Wiesel in the seventh grade.

But reading a short book is a ton of work since Instagram. But these short attention span tech bro bags of shit are copy and pasting from stack overflow for self driving cars.

Inspired_2write's avatar

I saw a few years ago that this technology is been considered for tombstones to add the personal history for visitors to the cemetery.
Image if that technology lasts for hundreds of years it would be a plus for family researching.

JLeslie's avatar

The person in the hologram is the person recollecting. That person spent 8 hours a day for a solid week answering questions and relaying their feelings so people could know what they experienced and what they think and feel about it now.

Obviously, I’m in favor of it. I like to be able to see them, their mannerisms, to hear their voice, and most of all what I like is they very much wanted to do it. I also like that I can ask the questions that most interest me.

I understand that some people might not like it, I’m fine with that. I am not looking for everyone to agree with me, I was genuinely interested in other opinions, but I don’t really understand the answers. It’s not some person making up or reading about memories and doing some sort of computer generated gimmick like future world at an amusement park.

LostInParadise's avatar

My initial reaction is to get the creeps. I know it is well intentioned, but I am not prepared to have a conversation with a dead person. If this kind of thing becomes more commonplace, maybe I will get used to it.

JLeslie's avatar

Most of them are still alive, but part of the point is that eventually they will no longer be with us.

janbb's avatar

This doesn’t seem that different to me than the Shoah project of Steven Spielberg or other oral history projects where survivors were video-taped telling their stories. I don’t have a problem with it nor does it excite me particularly. Maybe it would be a more vivid way of learning for young adults.

kritiper's avatar

@JLeslie The point is that the responses are pre-programmed. The vision is not sentient. If you ask a question beyond it’s program, it cannot answer.

LostInParadise's avatar

But by using AI, the computer is able to reason out the answer to a question that it was not specifically programmed to answer.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I think it’s interesting.

kritiper's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille True, but the person projected is still not the actual answerer.

JLeslie's avatar

@kritiper We could look at it like the actual answerer will die sometime “soon” never to be able to answer again. It is the actual person not much different then him being filmed in a documentary where he is interviewed. A film is usually only a couple of hours. This holds about 40 hours of interview. I think @janbb made a good point that younger generations might benefit most. We older people have lived with Holocaust reminders, new films, and the experience of family members who fought in WWII or concentration survivors the last 70 years, but new generations will likely lose touch with what happened. With what can happen.

Did you watch the video?

kritiper's avatar

If I was to ask this image of a person if they remember when I cut off my big toe with Grampa’s ax, and the computer didn’t know anything about that incident, what could it say?

JLeslie's avatar

@kritiper Why would the real person know anything about that?

kritiper's avatar

If I got my toe cut off and the computer generated hologram didn’t know about it although the person represented by the hologram in real life was there, how could it, the computer, respond? It couldn’t. The whole thing at that point would be so utterly bogus as to be worthless…
It would make more sense to have a holographic representation that just said a certain something, without computerized “thought”, like Lincoln repeating one of his famous speeches.

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